Will Putin Lose His Eastern European Energy Gamble?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't think the European community can do without the natural gas it gets from energy monopoly Gazprom. With a Russian economy starting to decline, however, it may be Gazprom that's too strongly … [Read more...]

Separatist Forces Growing in Europe

Throughout Europe people are yearning to downsize their governments and bring control back to the grass-roots level. The leader in this area (with the most possibility of success) is Scotland with a referendum in September on whether to secede from … [Read more...]

What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy

Birth of a New Ukrainian Nation? Interview with Robert Bensh Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula is now Russia's. It was done with an impressively organized non-violent military operation, and supported by the foregone conclusion of a referendum on … [Read more...]

How Events in the Ukraine will Affect the World

Ukraine: Three Views By John Mauldin All eyes are on Ukraine as the drama continues to unfold. Today, for an early Outside the Box, I’m going to offer three sources on Ukraine. The first is a note that I got from the head of emerging-market trading … [Read more...]

Doug Casey on Crisis Investing in Cyprus

By Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor, International Man Recently, legendary crisis investor Doug Casey and I put our boots to the ground in Cyprus to search the rubble of one of recent history's most significant financial crises—the financial collapse … [Read more...]

Trends: Credit in the E.U. and the U.S.

Credit in the EU is contracting, with credit growth peaking at 11.5% in 2008, halving by 2010, falling to zero in 2011, rising back to 4% in 2012 and then falling below zero in 2013. This is the rate of growth so we can see that at zero new loans … [Read more...]

Home Buying in the U.K.

In today’s global economic climate, it can be difficult for people to buy a house, while struggling with annual bills. But the U.K. government has a number of schemes available to first time buyers and existing homeowners such as Help To Buy, NewBuy … [Read more...]

Will the Labour Party Help or Hinder U.K. Business?

In the U.K. the opposition party appoints a person to "shadow" the person in office thus learning the job and able to speak intelligently about alternative policies. Following the speeches of Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Party Leader Ed Miliband, … [Read more...]

Healthcare Face-off US vs. UK

Since the advent of Obamacare there has been a great debate about U.S. vs. U.K. healthcare. Today we will look at how they compare. A large number of people in the US and UK have some form of health insurance. In fact, according to the Centers for … [Read more...]

Savings Tips for Brits

The Bank of England's recent announcement on interest rates represented a double-edged sword for savers. Under the new leadership of Mark Carney, the bank unveiled a radical new policy of 'forward guidance' that promises to keep rates on hold until … [Read more...]